As of today, my Mortician facemasks have been delivered. Glorious day, folks. Anyway, new metal Monday so let’s do it. Canada’s Revenge have been called a lot of things but extreme and chaotic are among the most pertinent descriptors, and they’re back with a major label debut and if anyone thought that would mean a less striking platter of extreme, those kind of thinkers are dead wrong. Pile of Priests drop their self titled debut which is a stunning display of thinking man’s death metal that has cahones as big as a planet, Chepang doles out punishing grindcore on their sophomore effort that will bring the eardrum pain, and Cosmic Putrefaction offer an all encompassing journey through every imaginable metal arena—kind of an ‘all that and a bag of chips’ sort of deal. So, as I don my fresh Mortician face mask you go and drop some cash on today’s offerings, I’ll be there in a sec. Continue reading
I’ve always been of the opinion that black metal doesn’t have to break the mold or take itself too seriously to be good, and frankly Calgary’s Black Pestilence doesn’t do either of those things on their sixth full length, Hail the Flesh, despite a wide collection of influences. What they do manage to accomplish is the creation of rip-roaring, ferocious songs that are fast, catchy, and most importantly fun as all get-out to listen to. This is not an album that is going to change the face of black metal, but man does it go hard. Continue reading
Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fós’ Rinne mé iarraidh and Brävery Brewing Company’s The Shroud.
Dedicated. It’s a word that gets thrown around haphazardly these days which has lessened its impact. However, in the case of hardcore / punk bruisers La Armada, this term describes their ethos better than any other. Formerly of the Dominican Republic, La Armada moved home base to Chicago and soaked up many more of metal’s extreme sub genres leading up to their first full proper full length in 2012. Their follow up EP and second full length are even more devastating while showcasing better songwriting and more of their Latin infusion which makes them stand out and sets them apart in a crowded hardcore scene. But, their dedication doesn’t stop at their song craft. The band is fully focused on social issues such as immigrant rights, globalization, and class struggle just to name a few. Where the dedication comes in is through their tireless efforts to spotlight these issues, help out wherever they can, and lead by example. This year the band will be releasing a series of songs titled Songs of the Exiled and the first of which is coming up this month. Links are contained below so bookmark them and be ready, trust me here – you don’t want to miss out. For now, read up on how the band responded to our Profile questions as they offer great insight into their inner workings. Continue reading
It took a while for it to happen, but the weather here in Chicago finally reached the “endless gray and gloom” stage of winter, where every day feels exactly the same and there hasn’t been sunlight in what feels like months. During these periods, I like to lean into the kind of music that embraces that chilly, desolate mood the snow and slush bring, and, just in time, Melbourne’s Arbrynth have released their sophomore album A Place of Buried Light. The album perfectly encapsulates what a Chicago winter feels like: cold, dark but with a subtle hope for what’s next. Continue reading